Excess envelopes get offered on Freecycle, where it’s not unusual to have half a dozen interested people; many of whom sell items on eBay and are delighted to get free packaging. Once they are past their best, I’m afraid it seems that there is little you can do with Jiffy bags, but at least you can feel good about extending the life of them through reuse.
This month we’ve been lucky enough to interview Deron Beal, founder of the Freecycle Network – a global movement supporting people gifting each other with items rather than sending them to the landfill.
The numbers reflecting the Freecycle Network’s success are astounding: over 9 million members in more than 5,000 local groups in 110 countries with over 732 million pounds of used items being gifted and re-gifted.
This success shows that Freecycle isn’t just one website, it’s a global network of millions of people, all sharing in the mutual value of giving. Talking to Deron it became very apparent that shared values are at the heart of the freecycle network. Deron has injected his passion, light-hearted nature and humour into his work, and it’s reflected in this global and swelling movement.
THE FREE STUFF
The Freecycle Network is a global phenomena and, founded in Tucson Arizona in 2003, one of the earliest platforms to encourage gifting. It is based on environmental principles, and Freecycle claims that its recycling initiatives ensures that over 500 tonnes a day of waste are kept out of landfill. There are over 9 million Freecyclers globally. There is one Freecycle group in Canberra with nearly 3,000 member.
LANCASTER – Deron Beal isn’t just back in town for the Fairfield County Fair, but he’s looking forward to it.
The executive director of the Freecycle Network came to kick off the annual Ohio University Lancaster Friends of the Library speaker series Thursday in Wagner Theatre.
Freecycle is a free website where users can post things they would normally trash, or even look for free items. There’s no exchange of money, just items.
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Freecycle serves as a platform where network of people are giving away their stuff for free in their own town . It is made up of 5252 groups and 8,771,817 people across the world . Each local group has been monitored by local volunteers.
: If you want to make this kid mosaic project with a group of children, old-style CD cases are just the kind of thing that you could ask for on Freecycle or Facebook; loads of people have junk like that kicking around their houses because they don’t want to trash it. They’d LOVE to pass the responsibility on to you.
Everyone has a bunch of junk lying around their house that they have no idea what to do with. Maybe it’s an old iPhone that you were going to try and sell but 3 new iPhones have come along since. Maybe it’s a stack of old textbooks from school. Or maybe it’s an ugly chair that clashes with everything in your living room. Or a broken food processor. Or a…you get the idea.
Deron Beal has set out to solve this problem with his website Freecycle.org, which has helped many unwanted items find new homes — 32,000 items a day, to be exact.
“Freecycle’s mission is really to make it easier to give something away than to throw it away,” Deron explains.
With online communities set up all over the world, 9 million members have used Freecycle to breathe new life into things that would have otherwise ended up in landfills. In the past year alone, if you were to pile the items gifted through Freecycle into garbage trucks, it would be 15 times the height of Mt. Everest!
Check it out if you want to: Find items you need for free (or get rid of stuff you don’t need).
Freecycle is a network of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. If you’re cleaning house and feel bad about throwing a ton of stuff out, list it on Freecycle. If you’re looking for random bits and bobs, check out what your community has listed. Membership is free, so you have nothing to lose. And anything is fair game, as long as it’s legal and appropriate for all ages. Find if there’s a group near you.